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Made in the USA





Veteran’s Day is this week and it reminds me how grateful I am to the men and women who have served this great country.  How proud I am to live in this great country.  How fortunate I am to live in this great country.  When my husband and I bought our first home 15 years ago, do you know what the first thing I bought was?  No, not drapes.  An American flag!  I couldn’t wait to fly an American flag outside my own home, I am so proud to be an American!

Which leads me into thinking about “Made in the USA”.  What exactly does that mean?  Does that really matter?


DrapeStyle has been making custom drapes, roman shades and pillows in the USA from the very start.  Why is this important?  We not only design here, we manufacturer here.  This means that DrapeStyle is able to control the quality of the products it produces.  The custom drapes and roman shades we produce right here in Arizona are of the highest quality in both fabric and workmanship.  I receive about two or three calls a week, from customers wanting to know where our drapes are made.  I’m proud to say that DrapeStyle’s products are made in the USA.


A few examples of DrapeStyle’s American suppliers:

  • In 1889, the F. Schumacher Fabric Company was started in New York.  DrapeStyle carries many of Schumacher’s stunning fabrics.  To this day, F. Schumacher is still a family owned company and continues to be a leader in the fabric industry.
  • The Robert Allen fabric company was started over 75 years ago in Massachusetts and continues to reside there today.
  • We have many suppliers from small fabric companies in Southern California.
  • Our linings and interlinings are made by Hanes, right here in the USA.
  • DrapeStyle uses Sunbrella fabrics for our outdoor drapes and pillows.  Sunbrella features sun and water resistant fabrics in a rich array of colors, and it is manufactured in North Carolina.
  • Our hardware is hand forged in Los Angeles by artisans who pride themselves in creating products by hand.

So as you can see, we support many local American companies by using them as suppliers for our finished products.












Need more great reasons to buy “Made in the USA” products?

  • When you buy American made products, the proceeds remain in the U.S. economy.  The money you spend then pays the workers that directly or indirectly created the product you just purchased!
  • American manufacturers abide by strict regulations to protect the environment.  These regulations do not exist in most of the top countries manufacturing and importing their goods into the USA causing massive pollution and environmental abuse.
  • Importing countries have little or non-existent regulations or standards for working conditions.  By keeping our dollars in the USA, we are not supporting these horrible working conditions (long hours, exploitation of children, extremely low wages, etc.).
  • Quicker turn around times.  Everything is here so that means it gets made more quickly, and gets shipped to you more quickly!


Nothing at DrapeStyle is “ready-made”.  Custom draperies take a little more time, cost a little more money, but we think it’s worth it.  And most importantly, all of our drapes, curtains, roman shades and pillows are made from the highest quality materials, right here in the USA, by a team of professionals that have an average of 25 years experience.  We hope you have as deep as a commitment to American-made products as we do.






Guaranteed Chanukah Delivery on Custom Drapes!


The Linen Hotel Drape in Eggshell with Silver Banding and Inverted Pleat

Order by October 16th for Guaranteed Holiday Delivery!

Thinking about refreshing your home by adding custom drapes, roman shadespillows or drapery hardware before the holidays?    Before you know it out of town relatives and friends will be dropping by for holiday merriment.  There’s not a better time than now to start thinking about placing your order for custom window treatments.  Everything at DrapeStyle is custom made with the finest exclusive fabrics and the highest quality workmanship.  For over a decade, DrapeStyle has been making everything right here in the USA and is proud to deliver quality and style you won’t find anywhere else.  And if you order by October 16th, you are guaranteed Chanukah delivery for a flat fee of $21.99.*

Making of The Hotel Drape at DrapeStyleMaking of The Hotel Drape at DrapeStyle




DrapeStyle offers hundreds of fabrics including silk, linen, cotton, and polyester blends that can be made into any style drape, curtain or roman shade.  We also feature designer fabrics from Schumacher, Robert Allen and Kravet.  The customization continues with your choice of lining; sateen, interlining, bump or blackout lining.


So if you’re thinking about updating your home for the holidays, start by addressing fabrics (or lack thereof).  Fabrics can add texture and color to a room, and you won’t find a better selection or better customer service than at DrapeStyle.  Maybe that’s why DrapeStyle was awarded the Best of Houzz customer service award for 2015.

If you need a little advice, we’re here to help.  Our designers are happy to assist you with your order to insure delivery by Chanukah.  So whether your order consists of drapes, roman shades or pillows, order by October 16th and receive $50 off your order of $999 or more.  And take comfort in knowing that you are guaranteed UPS ground delivery by Chanukah for only $21.99.*

The Silk Hotel Drapery CollectionPillow 3

DrapeStyle Luxe Custom Drapes











*Standard UPS ground delivery for all 50 states and 10 Canadian Provinces applies to in stock fabrics for custom drapes and roman shades only.  Oversized items, drapery hardware, and rush deliveries may incur additional charges.  $50 discount requires $999 minimum order, new orders only.  Cannot be combined with any other offer.  Offer expires October 16, 2015.


Tis the Season for Custom Outdoor Drapery!

Summer is upon us and what better way to enjoy your outdoor space than decorating with new custom outdoor drapery, pillows and curtains from DrapeStyle.  At DrapeStyle we have been making outdoor curtains and drapes for years and no one can transform your outdoor space better than the combination of DrapeStyle and fabrics by Sunbrella and Schumacher.  And, with our current sale pricing on all of our outdoor drapery you will not find better values anywhere online or in one of the big-box retailers.


Transform Your Outdoor Space with Custom Drapery and Pillows by DrapeStyle

Transform Your Outdoor Space with Custom Drapery and Pillows by DrapeStyle

Selecting the Proper Grommets for Custom Drapery

You would think that all Grommets are created equal.  The truth is, that if you are buying your drapery from most of the larger retailers than, they probably are.  Not at DrapeStyle though.  We buy all of our Grommets from the premium supplier in the US for drapery supplies.  They sell a range of quality (and priced) grommets.  I would bet that most manufacturers are simply going to buy the cheapest and at nearly $1.00 per grommet it hard to blame them.  At DrapeStyle we only buy the best grommets available, period.  Our grommets are heavy weights.  They won’t bend very easily or crack.  Nothing worse than buying gorgeous silk drapes and having a grommet crack and tear the silk fabric.  Ruining one set of silk drapery is going to offset any savings you are going to get from buying cheap grommets for a long time.

For our Outdoor Drapery we use very thick grommets that are made of 100% brass.  Brass is resistant to corrosion and will not tarnish like most every other metal.  If you are buying any Outdoor Drapes from anyone, please insist that the grommets are made of Brass.  Our Brass Grommets can be powder coated in a variety of finishes.

Outdoor Drapes at DrapeStyle

Well it sure is Outdoor Drapery Season here at DrapeStyle! It seems like we go right from the Holiday Season to the Outdoor Season but we sure do love it. In case you weren’t aware well sell amazing custom Outdoor Drapes and we feature only the best Sunbrella Fabrics. Another great feature of our Outdoor Drapery is the weight that we sew into the bottom of each panel. The weight is actually a long thin flexible weighted rope that holds the drapery panel down so it doesn’t blow to excessively in the breeze. We also use weather resistant poly buckram at the header (top of the panel) and polymer thread which is also weather resistant. If you like to add grommets to your outdoor drapes we offer 100% brass grommets in a Matt-nickel finish and black finish. You are simply not going to find these quality details in any outdoor drapery you buy from any Online Retailer or Department Store!



Custom Striped Outdoor Drapes

Custom Striped Outdoor Drapes

sunbrella outdoor drapery

Custom Outdoor Drapes in Sunbrella Fabrics at DrapeStyle


Custom Outdoor Drapes in Sunbrella Fabrics at DrapeStyle


Custom Outdoor Drapes in Sunbrella Fabrics at DrapeStyle

Designers Guide to Drapery Pleat Styles

Wow, custom drapes can really cost a fortune. It’s no wonder that so many people turn to Professional Interior Designers or Decorators to help them make the “right” choices when it comes to selecting their window treatments. When considering custom drapes there are a few very important components to consider, one of them is your “pleat style”. What is a “pleat” you ask? The “Pleat” or as it is often referred to as the “heading’ is the top of the drapery panel that attaches to the drapery rod or track. For literally hundreds of years this drapery headings have been “decorated” into a variety of styles that range from very classic or traditional to modern and contemporary. Let’s walk through each of the most common pleat styles for custom drapes and help you find the “right” one for your home.

The “Flat Pleat” or “Flat Panel”. A Flat drapery panel is one that does not have a pleat at the top of the drape. This is the most basic of drapery panel and is very common. With a flat panel you will attach the panel to the current rod using drapery pins which are attached to the back of the panel. The flat panel is considered to be very relaxed and casual and is often used for light weight fabrics in informal rooms. Think, a soft blowing sheer linen drapery panel in a beach cottage.

The “Rod-Pocket” Drapery Panel. A Rod-Packet panel is a Flat panel but instead of attaching to a rod by pinning it using drapery hooks, the panel is slid over the rod using a “pocket” which is sewn into the panel. While still a very casual look, the rod-pocket will remain affixed to the rod and will not “billow” like a flat panel will. A Rod-Pocket panel is the most common type of panel that you will find in your “big box” retail store. Designers will generally shy-away from Rod-Pocket Panels as they are considered to look and be “cheap” in most circles.
The “French Pleat”. So now we are moving into the more intricate pleat styles that you will find in most high-end drapery retailers. The French Pleat is extremely classic and features a fluted fold at the top of the panel which is “tacked” about three inches down from the top. The result is a fluted, almost floral looking fold that has been popular since the 17th Century. The French Pleat is considered more formal and ornate and you will find many a European Castle plenty of French Pleated Silk Drapes in their windows.
The “Parisian Pleat”. A close relative to the French Pleat is the Parisian Pleat. Like the French Pleat, the Parisian Pleat featured a three-finger fluted fold at the top of the pleat. With the Parisian Pleat, however, the fold is tacked at the top of the pleat as opposed to the bottom. The result is a “pinched” looking floral pleat where the folds are gathered at the top. This “Pinch” feature is why the Parisian Pleat is also often times referred to as a “Pinch Pleat”.
The “Inverted Pleat”. Both the Parisian Pleat and French Pleat are considered very traditional and classic. The Inverted Pleat, however, is more contemporary and modern. The Inverted Pleat is where the Seamstress creates inverted folds at the top of the drape and then stitches them from the rear of the drapery panel. The result is a very clean looking and highly tailored drapery pleat that is very “classy” but also very modern and elegant. The Inverted Pleat is used with many different types of fabrics.
The “Cartridge Pleat”. A Cartridge Pleat is formed by creating rolls in the drapery fabric which are sew into round, cylindrical cartridges. The cartridges are generally 2-3 inches in diameter and are stuffed with a pillow fill material or paper. The resulting “cartridge” is typically 4-6 inches long and they are spaced apart to match the materials pattern.
The “Grommet Pleat”. The most contemporary of all drapery pleats would have to be a “Grommet Pleat”. Grommets are usually made of brass to resist corrosion, especially when used for custom outdoor drapes and can range in size from less than an inch is diameter to over 4 inches in diameter. Drapery panels featuring grommets can be challenging to open and close and the drapery provider will often recommend a “drapery wand” to help you slide the drapery panel open and closed.

While these are the most common of drapery pleats, there are literally dozens more. Pleats that feature buttons, tabs and ribbons are common and will usually be specified by your Designer or Decorator. The most important factor in selecting the correct pleat for you drapes is to be sure that you are working with a competent Professional who can help guide you through your wide range of options. Today, custom drapes are extremely expensive and it is much better to do your homework in advance.

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New Fabric Arrivals at DrapeStyle

We are getting some great new fabrics in all of the time at DrapeStyle.  We recently got some new Sunbrella Fabrics for our line of Custom Outdoor Drapery and Pillows.  Keep in mind, you can always use this versatile Sunbrella Fabric for almost any application including interior Roman Shade and Roller Shades.

Custom Outdoor Drapery in Sunbrella Walnut

We feature Sunbrella Fabrics for all of our Custom Outdoor Drapery and Shades.

Outdoor Drapery Time Again?

I know it’s crazy to start thinking about Outdoor Drapery again.  After all it’s not even Christmas yet.  You know that as soon as the Holidays are over you’ll start thinking about Spring and getting your house ready for outdoor entertaining.  This really is the best time of year to buy your outdoor drapery when you are not in a panic to get them installed.  Order now and you can really take your time.

At DrapeStyle we have dozens of great outdoor fabrics to choose from.  You probably already know Sunbrella for great outdoor fabrics but we have some great contemporary designer outdoor fabrics as well.  Remember, we can also make your custom outdoor pillows to match!